Embassies in Algeria, Tunisia warn of protests
We could be in for more of the same today.
AP is reporting that our embassies in Tunis and Algiers are warning American citizens to avoid crowds and lay low because of expected protests today.
In an emergency message, the embassy in Tunis warned Americans to avoid crowded places, saying that even gatherings "intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence." The embassy in Algiers had similar advice.
The Algiers embassy said unspecified groups were using online social networks to organize demonstrations "to protest a range of issues" there Wednesday. The statement out of Tunis cited "media reports" indicating protests were planned, but said the embassy remained open.
The attack in Libya - which borders Algeria and Tunisia - came hours after Egyptian protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, pulling down the American flag and temporarily replacing it with a black Islamic banner
(Note: The black flag is not an "Islamic" banner. It is the flag of al-Qaeda. Why can't the media just say it? The protestors are in sympathy with our deadly enemies.)
We'll see how rapidly the authorities respond to violence this time.